Scoil Íde COVID-19 Response Plan 

Updated February 25th, 2021

Introduction

This Covid-19 Response Plan is designed to support the staff and Board of Management (BOM) in putting measures in place that will prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Scoil Ide.

The Covid-19 Response Plan details the policies and practices necessary for our school to meet the Government’s ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’, the Department of Education and Skills plan for school reopening and to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the school environment. The plan incorporates current advice about measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the community issued by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). As the advice issued by NPHET continues to evolve, this protocol and the measures management and staff need to address may also change. 

This is a living document and may be reviewed and amended to take into account new guidance from www.Gov.ie,www.dbei.ie , www.hse.ie, www.hpsc.ie, www.hsa.ie; www.education.ie or agreements with education partners as appropriate for primary and special schools.   

The response plan will support the sustainable reopening of our school where the overriding objective is to protect the health of staff and pupils while promoting the educational and development needs of the children in the school.

In line with the Return to Work Safely Protocol, the key to a safe and continued return to work, and re-opening of our schools requires strong communication and a shared collaborative approach between the Board of management, staff, pupils, and parents.

Scoil Íde COVID-19 Policy Statement

This COVID-19 policy outlines our commitment as a school to implement the plan and help prevent the spread of the virus. The policy will be signed and dated by the Chairperson of the Board of Management and is available for viewing on the school website.

Scoil Íde is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff and a safe learning environment for all our students. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Response Plan.  The Board of Management and all school staff are responsible for the implementation of this plan and a combined effort will help contain the spread of the virus. We will:

  •   continue to monitor our COVID-19 response and amend this plan in consultation with our staff
  •   provide up to date information to our staff and students on the Public Health advice issued by the HSE and Gov.ie
  •   display information on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and correct hand-washing techniques
  •   agree with staff, a worker representative who is easily identifiable to carry out the role outlined in this plan
  •   inform all staff and students of essential hygiene and respiratory etiquette and physical distancing requirements
  •   adapt the school to facilitate physical distancing as appropriate in line with the public health guidance and direction of the Department of Education
  •   keep a contact log to help with contact tracing
  •   ensure staff and students engage with the induction / familiarisation briefing provided by the Department of Education
  •   implement the agreed procedures to be followed in the event of someone showing symptoms of COVID-19 while at school
  •   provide instructions for staff and students to follow if they develop signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during school time
  •   implement cleaning in line with Department of Education advice

All school staff will be consulted on an ongoing basis and feedback is encouraged on any concerns, issues, or suggestions.

This can be done through the Lead Worker Representative(s), who will be supported in line with the agreement between the Department and education partners.

Signed: Maureen Hobbins                            Date: 22/02/21

Signed: Ray D’Arcy                                       Date: 22/02/21

DES Roadmaps

Please followhttps://www.education.ie/en/ for updates.

Health and Safety Officer: Ray D’Arcy

Lead Worker Representative: Aidan Hennessy

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Assistant Lead Worker Representatives: Ciara Breen, Deirdre O’ Loughlin

Responsibility for the development and implementation of the COVID-19 Response Plan and the associated control measures lies primarily with the Board of Management and the School Leadership.

The Return to Work Safely protocol provides for an agreed procedure between management and staff to appoint a Lead Worker Representative to carry out a specific role.

The role of the worker representative is to ensure that COVID-19 measures are adhered to in the workplace as follows:

  • Work collaboratively with the employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health, and welfare of employees in relation to COVID-19.
  • Promote good hygiene practices such as washing hands regularly and maintaining good respiratory etiquette along with maintaining social distancing in accordance with public health advice.
  • Assist with the implementation of measures to suppress COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Monitor adherence to measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Consult with colleagues on matters relating to COVID-19 in the workplace.
  • Make representations on behalf of their colleagues on matters relating to COVID-19 in the workplace.

NOTE: If a staff member has any concerns or observations in relation to the COVID-19 Response Plan and control measures or the adherence to such control measures by staff, parents/guardians, contractors, or visitors, he/she should contact the lead worker(s) who will engage with the Principal/BOM.

All staff, parents/guardians, contractors, and visitors have a responsibility both as individuals and collectively to have due regard for their own health and safety and that of others and to assist with the implementation of the COVID-19 Response Plan and associated control measures.

Symptoms of COVID-19

No member of the school community can come to school if they display any Covid-19 Symptoms, available here: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/symptoms.html

In summary, common symptoms of coronavirus include: 

a fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above) 

a cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

 a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Infection Prevention Control Measures - To prevent Introduction and Spread of COVID-19 in Schools  

Staff and pupils will be advised to self-isolate or restrict their movements at home if they display any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and contact their family doctor to arrange a test  

Staff and pupils will be requested not to return to or attend school in the event of the following: 

  •       if they are identified by the HSE as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19  
  •       if they live with someone who has symptoms of the virus 
  •       If they have travelled outside of Ireland; in such instances staff are advised to consult and follow latest Government advice in relation to foreign travel.  

Staff and pupils will be requested to cooperate with any public health officials and the school for contact tracing purposes and follow any public health advice in the event of a case or outbreak in the school.

Staff or pupils should not attend school if displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. They have been requested to...

  • Not to return to or attend school in the event of the following:  if they live with someone who has symptoms of the virus or If they have travelled outside of Ireland; in such instances staff are advised to consult and follow the latest Government advice in relation to foreign travel.  
  • Cooperate with any public health personnel and their school for contact tracing purposes and follow any public health advice given in the event of a case or outbreak in their school  
  • Undergo any COVID-19 testing that may be required in their school as part of mass or serial testing as advised by Public Health
  • Scoil Íde will request confirmation that the details in the pre-return-to-work form remain unchanged following periods of closure such as school holidays. 3  

Dealing with Suspected Cases of Covid-19 Procedure

School staff will be informed of the HSE COVID-19 tracker app which assists Public Health for contract tracing purposes both in and out of the school setting. 

A nominated member of the school management team (Principal / Deputy Principal) will be responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the protocol to deal with suspected cases have been adhered to. 

If a pupil becomes unwell and is displaying COVID-19 symptoms listed below:

High Temperature (above 38 degrees, shortness of breath, a cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)

  •   Temperature is taken
  •   If a pupil becomes unwell in the classroom, the mainstream class teacher informs the Principal/ Deputy Principal.
  •   Mask is given to child
  •   Principal/ Deputy Principal/ escorts child to isolation area
  •   Secretary telephones the child's parents.
  •   Facilitate the person presenting with symptoms remaining in isolation if they cannot immediately go home.
  •   The individual should avoid touching people, surfaces, and objects. Advice should be given to the person presenting with symptoms to cover their mouth and nose with the disposable tissue provided when they cough or sneeze and put the tissue in the waste bag provided
  •   If the person is well enough to go home, arrange for them to be transported home by a family member, as soon as possible and advise them to inform their G. P. by phone of their symptoms. Public transport of any kind should not be used.
  •   If they are too unwell to go home or advice is required, contact 999 or 112 and inform them that the sick person is a COVID-19 suspect.
  •   Principal / Deputy Principal remains with child until the parent arrives. Adults remain outside the door.
  •   Offer water to the child and ensure the window and adjacent doors remain open to allow ventilation and for supervision/insurance purposes.
  •   Carry out an assessment of the incident which will form part of determining follow-up actions and recovery.
  •   Arrange for appropriate cleaning of the isolation area and work areas involved

The HSE will inform any staff/parents who have come into close contact with a diagnosed case via the contact tracing process. The HSE will contact all relevant persons where a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. The instructions of the HSE should be followed and confidentiality is always essential. Before a pupil can return to school, parents will have to declare in writing that his/her child is free of COVID-19 symptoms.

Procedure if staff member becomes unwell and is displaying COVID-19 symptoms listed

  •   The staff member contacts the Principal or Deputy Principal for assistance.
  •   All adults put on a mask and gloves.
  •   His/her temperature will be taken
  •   If the patient is a mainstream teacher, the relevant SET Teacher will continue teaching his/her class.
  •   Staff member will be escorted to isolation area
  •   If the staff member presenting with symptoms is well enough to drive home, he/she may do so. Responsibility rests with the unwell staff member to make this decision.
  •   If the person is not well enough to drive home, arrange for him/her to be transported home by a family member, as soon as possible and advise them to inform their G.P. by phone of their symptoms. Public transport of any kind should not be used.
  •   Remain with an unwell staff member until a person nominated by the patient arrives to bring the patient home always observing proper social distance.
  •   If they become too unwell or advice is required, 999 or 112 will be contacted and informed that the sick person is a COVID-19 suspect.
  •   Offer water to staff member and ensure the window and door is open to allow ventilation.
  •   Carry out an assessment of the incident which will form part of determining follow up actions and recovery
  •   Arrange for appropriate cleaning of the isolation area and work areas involved

The HSE will inform any staff/parents who have come into close contact with a diagnosed case via the contact tracing process. The HSE will contact all relevant persons where a diagnosis of COVID-19 is made. The instructions of the HSE should be followed and confidentiality is always essential. Before returning to work, the staff member will have to self-declare in writing that he/she is free of COVID-19 symptoms.

Isolation area for a suspected case

Two isolation areas will be created. These are located in the main school building and another outside of the school hall. Chairs, tissues, hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, gloves, masks, waste bags, brown paper bags and a bin along with some wipeable reading material will be placed there and if the suspected case is a child, he/she will be supervised by the Principal/ Deputy Principal.  Nobody else may enter this area while a child is awaiting collection. It will be sanitised after the person leaves.  Parents should contact GP and follow GP instructions. Contact must be made with the school office thereafter providing us with an update on the status of the child’s health before they can return to school.

School Buildings

Before reopening the school in March 2021 we checked the following:

  • Does the water system need flushing at outlets following low usage to prevent Legionella disease.
  • Have school equipment and windows) been checked for signs of deterioration or damage before being used again.
  • Have bin collections and other essential services resumed.

Funding

We have replenished our cleaning supplies in accordance with the latest advice from the Department of Education and Skills.

Return to Work Form

A RTW form will be completed and returned to the school before returning to work. We will request staff using Google Forms to confirm that the details in the pre-return-to-work form remain unchanged following subsequent periods of closure such as school holidays. 

Personal Protective Equipment

Scoil Íde will ensure that sufficient PPE is available and that surgical grade masks will be available for SNA’s / SET teachers.

Face Coverings for Staff

“The Department has published “Guidance to Primary and Special Schools on PPE consumables and equipment” on www.gov.ie/backtoschool.

This provides schools with the information needed on the appropriate quantities of PPE consumables and equipment to support the full and safe reopening of schools. The updated advice from the HPSC to the Department of Education has recommended that face coverings should be worn by staff members where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from other staff, parents, essential visitors, or pupils. The Department has accepted this recommendation. Accordingly, it is now a requirement for face coverings to be worn by staff members where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from other staff, parents, essential visitors, or pupils.

 Physical Distancing

Staff have been advised to maintain a minimum of 1m distance and where possible 2m. They should also take measures to avoid close contact at face-to-face level such as remaining standing rather than sitting beside/crouching down.

Physical distancing falls into two categories:

Increasing separation

Decreasing interaction

Increasing separation

The guidance documents provided by the Department of Education on optimal school

layout and referenced at Section 4.5 above should be used by schools to increase separation to the greatest degree possible

To maintain physical distancing in the classroom, we

1. Reconfigured class spaces to maximise physical distancing

2. Utilised and reconfigured all available space in the school to maximise physical distancing

Decreasing interaction

  1. Where possible workstations are allocated consistently to the same staff and children rather than having spaces which are shared.
  2. We structured pupils and their teachers into Class Bubbles (i.e., a class grouping which stays apart from other classes as much as possible) and discrete groups or “Pods” within those class bubbles, to the extent that this was practical.

Personal Items

Staff should use wipes/spray to wipe down personal items e.g., phones, bags when they come to school.

COVID-19 Related Absence Management 

The management of a Covid-19 related absence will be managed in line with agreed procedures with DES. These procedures apply for the duartion of the partial school re-opening

https://www.education.ie/en/Education-Staff/Services/Breaks-Leave/coronavirus-covid19/info-note-tc-005-2021.pdf

https://www.education.ie/en/Education-Staff/Services/Breaks-Leave/coronavirus-covid19/info-note-tc-006-2021.pdf

Substitution and EPV days

Circular 45/2020 covers the system for booking substitutes. All staff are asked to phone the school Principal as per normal procedures as soon as possible to allow for as much time to book a substitute as possible. As is always the case, the Principal/Deputy Principal works to ensure substitutes are employed.  When a substitute cannot be sought as per the panel and normal school procedures, support teachers will be allocated to cover the class. Each support teacher will be allocated to cover classes in line with the classes with which they are allocated. 

All teachers are asked to leave spare packs of work in their room as dividing classes is no longer an option. Substitutes will be asked to fill out the Return-to-Work Form and Contact Tracing Form. They will be provided with the required PPE. 

 They will be asked to read this full document in advance of coming to the school. If they cannot be booked until close to the school start time, they will be asked to assign the class some work in order to read this document in full.

Most days that may not have been covered by substitution in the past will be covered for the 2020/21 school year. The first EPV day that a teacher uses may be covered by a substitute if one can be booked. The other days may only be taken if they are not disruptive to the running of the school. Any unused EPV days may be carried over to the 2021/22 school year.

Circular 0049/20 and Information note 08/20 deal with issues surrounding these topics

https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0049_2020.pdf

Sharing

 

Staff and pupils should avoid sharing personal property.

 

Drop off and Collection Plan

The aim of our staggered drop off/pick up times any arrangements is to avoid congregation of people at the school gates 

We utilise 5 access points to reduce congestion. 

From Monday March 1st

Gates to the school will open for 1st-6th class pupils from 8.40am 

Gates to the school will open for Infant pupils from 8.45am.

Instruction begins at 9am.

No child may enter the school prior to these times. Classroom doors will open no earlier than 8.40am (1st-6th) and 8.45am (Infants).

A staff member will be present at the gate to instruct pupils as to when to enter and will remind them to sanitise their hands.

*From Monday, March 15th -Morning Time and Home Time (subject to confirmation)

Pupils from the Senior Building may enter or exit the school via Gate D or Gate E.

Pupils from Room 15 (4th Class) may enter or exit the school via Gate C or Gate E.

To accommodate this change, 4th class pupils will be left out of their classes at 14.40pm

All other classes will retain their current gates, routes, and home times. 

Pupils only should enter the school through their designated gate and follow the footsteps painted on the ground to their class. The route given is the most direct. Staff members will be present at gates and around the school to supervise and ensure that pupils get to their rooms safely. Children should sanitise their hands at the gate and make their way to their class and take their seat. There will be hand sanitiser available in every classroom. 

Early Dismissal

If a pupil must be collected early, the parent or guardian should call the secretary in advance of collection. Children will be escorted to their designated gate by a member of staff

Yard Times

These will be staggered to allow each class to have their own section to play in.

School Bubbles

 

Each class will remain separate throughout the school day.

Class Pods

 

Classes from 3rd to 6th will be separated into pods (smaller groups). Pods will be kept 1m apart from each other in the classroom. This is an additional measure to support social distancing.

Pods will be allocated by the class teacher and each child will have an assigned seat on their return to school.

Hand Hygiene

Staff and pupils were made aware of when they need to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser? This includes:  When entering and exiting vehicles When entering and exiting school buildings 

 Alcohol-based sanitiser must not be stored or used near heat or naked flame 

Teachers will supervise and sanitise the children’s hands on their entry to the school grounds at the gates.

Wall hung sanitisers dispensers have been installed throughout the school e.g., in each classroom, at reception, in lobby areas etc. Each teacher also has a hand sanitiser on their desk. Pupils and staff should perform hand hygiene:  on arrival at school, before eating or drinking, after using the toilet, after playing outdoors, when their hands are physically dirty and when they cough or sneeze.

Anyone moving between rooms must sanitise before they leave a room and return to their room e.g., children going to support, Principal moving between rooms, SNAs, support teachers etc.

All members of the school community are requested to watch this video on hand washing.https://youtu.be/IsgLivAD2FE

Respiratory Hygiene

All members of the school community will practise respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and safely into a nearby bin.

Code of Behaviour

 

Pupils who breach rules/procedures detailed in this response plan will be dealt with in accordance with the school Code of Behaviour. Coughing/sneezing/spitting deliberately will be a breach of the code of behaviour.

Temperature Checks

 

Parents check your child/children’s temperatures before school each day and do not send children if children have a high temperature. Infra-red non-contact thermometers have been purchased in case of a suspected case. If your child presents with symptoms and they are sent to the isolation room, their temperature will be checked with an infrared thermometer.

Disinfectant Wipes

 

Disinfectant wipes have been purchased as noted previously.  A packet will be left beside the photocopiers for staff members to wipe down the photocopier after use.

Disinfectant Spray

 

A disinfectant spray, Brill Blue, has been purchased for use for cleaning desks/chairs daily. This is a spray that disinfects surfaces but does not need to be wiped. This will significantly reduce the time that it will take to disinfect surfaces.

Here are the details:

Brill Blue is a cleaner and sanitiser. As the product is PH neutral it is safe to use on all surfaces and it is safe to use around sensitive skin, asthma sufferers or people sensitive to strong chemicals. Brill Blue can be sprayed onto surfaces without needing to be rinsed off. It will provide an exceptionally high rate of antibacterial action killing far above the usual 99.9% antibacterial products. It is effective against Corona Virus, E Coli, MRSA and the Noro Virus among many other bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Cleaning Schedule

 

The caretaker will clean common touch areas, all toilets, both staff rooms and hall furniture each day. He will also empty bins every day.

School cleaning will commence from 4pm each day with our existing cleaners. An additional cleaner has been hired with responsibility for cleaning/sanitising desks and chairs. Additional cleaning hours week has been added to the cleaning schedule. DES Cleaning Guidance has been issued to cleaners. Cleaning rosters will be signed by cleaning staff each day.

A ULV fogger has been hired by the school for use.

Doors

 

All classroom doors, where practical, to be left open at drop off and collection times, to minimise touching of common areas. Chains have been attached to the doors to hold them open safely.

Ventilation

The Department has published guidance setting out the practical steps for good ventilation in accordance with public health advice ‘Practical Steps for the Deployment of Good Ventilation Practices in Schools’ 

The guidance sets out an overall approach for schools that windows should be open as fully as possible when classrooms are not in use (e.g. during break-times or lunch-times (assuming not in use) and also at the end of each school day) and partially open when classrooms are in use. The guidance provides that good ventilation can be achieved in classrooms without causing discomfort, particularly during cold weather.

 

The opening of windows should not pose health and safety risks to pupils playing on the yard and therefore may need to be closed at yard times. If the room is cold, windows may need to be pulled in. Rooms can be ventilated further when the class is on yard/at PE. It is advisable for pupils to wear extra layers of clothing particularly coming into the winter months.

Screens

 

Perspex screens will be on each teachers’ desk and at the office. Additional screens have been purchased for SET settings.

Signage

 

Signage, as made available by the DES, will be displayed reminding the school community about COVID-19 prevention etiquette. We have purchased extra signage in addition to this. Standard feet markings and other child friendly markings will be used in the yards and around the school. Additional signage has been placed around the school.

  

Classroom Organisation

 

Classrooms have been reorganised to allow for as much physical distance as possible. Rooms should be free of any unnecessary furniture, shelves etc. The teacher’s desk should be at least 1 metre and where possible 2 metres away from pupil desks. Classes from 3rd to 6th have been marked out with tape to assist staff/pupils in maintaining this distance.

 Yard/ Supervision

We have adjusted play time/outdoor activities to minimise crowding at the entrance and exits. 

It is not possible to maintain physical distancing when pupils in primary or special schools play together outdoors, but bubbles have their own designated yard space in which to play.

We have staggered break times and outdoor access. Children are expected to perform hand hygiene before and after outdoor activities.  

Support Teaching

When using their own rooms, support teachers will maintain as much distance as possible. They will be provided with a screen to use if needed. They will work with smaller groups to facilitate distancing. Support teachers will spray disinfectant on the desks and chairs after each child leaves. They will be timetabled to work with a limited number of classes. All support teachers should sanitise between each class and child/group of children taught. Facemasks/visors to be worn. When children are picked up from their room, the children must sanitise their hand and they must sanitise again before leaving the room.

Literacy Lift-Off / Supported Literacy Hour

 

These will not run for this term. This will be reviewed.

After-School Activities

 

These will not be in place when we return to school. This will be reviewed.

Co-Curricular Activities

 

These will not be in place when we return to school. This will be reviewed.

Special Needs Assistants

 

SNAs will be provided with PPE and cleaning products. They should wear a face covering and sanitise throughout the day and when moving to their next child.

 We will ensure that sufficient PPE is available and that surgical grade masks must be available for SNA’s / SET teachers.

Staff carrying out aerosol generating procedures require gowns, gloves, goggles and respiratory masks.

Principal/Deputy Principal Duties

 

The Principal, as leader and day-to-day manager of the school and Deputy Principal must be able to speak with each staff member and visit each class as necessary to fulfil his duties. Like with other staff, he will sanitise before and after entering each room, wear a face covering and maintain social distance. As he will therefore be in contact with all staff members and all class groups, as well as professional visitors and parents/ guardians by appointment, he will keep meetings with individuals as short as possible, while fulfilling duties and responsibilities.

Secretary Duties

To minimise contact while fulfilling duties, staff are not permitted into the school office and visitors will be minimised and must wait outside until invited in. Staff are asked to email/call the secretary with requests.

 

Appointments

No adults should enter the building other than school staff. All meetings must be by appointment and be essential meetings. Access to the offices is restricted.  Anyone coming to the school for a prearranged essential meeting must arrange the meeting by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (or by phone at 061-345495) in advance. Teacher emails must not be used to make appointments– it must be done centrally through the school office so we can manage the process. The contact tracing log will only be filled out for those entering the building. There will be a marked area outside for visitors to stand while waiting to speak to the secretary. Sometimes, professional visitors are necessary e.g., I.T. maintenance, school psychologist etc. A COVID-19 questionnaire will be emailed to the visitor in advance of his/her visit to the school. The secretary will fill out the contact tracing log online on behalf of the visitor.

Phone

 

All office staff will only use their own phone and PC.

Lunches

 

Parents must ensure children come with lunches etc. to prevent adults coming to school during the day. No sharing of lunches/ drinks among children. Please ensure that your child can open/close his/her own lunchbox and that they are washed daily.

School Books

Covering school books/copies in plastic is recommended. Books/copies may be sent home at the discretion of the teacher. Where practical, each child must use their own books. Shared books loaned by the school should be sanitised after each session. Hand hygiene should be performed after using a shared item.

School Supplies

 

A set of stationary to be kept in school (as per booklist). This will ensure there is no borrowing pencils, colours etc. If a teacher must lend a school item to a child, the teacher will wipe it with disinfectant wipes before and after use. Pupils should have a separate set of stationery at home for homework.

 

Coats

 

Coats should be left on the pupil’s chair. Parents or guardians should consider sending in a fleece with the children for use on colder days.

 

Homework

 

Online platforms have been set up and used for homework purposes. Books and copies may be sent home for homework purposes at the discretion of the teacher.  

Uniform

The normal School Uniform Policy applies. We ask that children wear their uniform/tracksuit to school only and parents wash them regularly.

School Hall/PE

This will be used to facilitate PE lessons for all classes. There will also be a Basketball Court timetable drawn up in order for pupils to have two PE lessons per week. PE Equipment may now be used. Hand hygiene should be practised before and after PE lessons where equipment is used and equipment sanitised after use by each bubble.

The focus should be on Fundamental Movement Skills. Games (e.g. hurling, football, basketball etc.) should not be played: the teaching focus should be on skills development. This will be reviewed.

We will refer to the HPSC guidance on Return to Sport. The link to return to sport protocols is found here.

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/07253-return-to-sport-protocols/

Monthly Assemblies

These will not be held in person. This will be reviewed.

Parent/Teacher Meetings

These will take place over the phone. This will be reviewed.

Excursions

Classes may visit the field and the Shannon Fields only. Only one class is permitted to visit the Shannon Fields at any one time. They must observe social distancing from the public. Only walking is permitted at this time. This will be reviewed.

Staff Meetings

 

Videoconferencing will be used if required.

Staff Room

 

A limit will be placed on the number of people in the staff room at any one time. Staff members must wash their hands/sanitise on entry to the staff room and before touching anything. They must also sanitise their hands upon leaving the room. They must bring, use, and wash their own cutlery, plates etc. We advise that these are brought home to do so where possible.  An additional staff room has been established in the Science Room.

Physical distancing should be observed between staff members within the staff room

The use of staggered breaks will assist in this regard.

Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Programme

The Department recognises the need for school staff wellbeing and collective selfcare. Support for school staff wellbeing will be provided by Department Support Services including the PDST and CSL, as well as by the HSE’s Health Promotion Team. An Occupational Health Strategy is in place as a supportive resource for staff in schools. The aim of the Occupational Health Strategy is to promote the health and wellbeing of employees in the workplace, with a strong focus on prevention. The Occupational Health Strategy comprises the Employee Assistance Service and the Occupational Health Service. The Employee Assistance Service (EAS) is provided by Spectrum. Life under the logo of ‘Wellbeing Together: Folláinne Le Chéile’. 

The EAS is a self-referral service where employees have access to a dedicated freephone confidential helpline 1800 411 057 available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing advice on a range of issues such as wellbeing, legal, financial, mediation, management support etc. The service is also available via SMS, WhatsApp, e-mail, live chat and call back request. All points of contact for the service are qualified, accredited, and experienced mental health professionals. 

Where required, short-term counselling is available to employees and their families (over the age of 18 years and living at home).

A bespoke wellbeing portal and app is available which offers access to podcasts, blogs, live chats, and videos on topics around wellbeing and mental health, family life, exercise and nutrition. E-Learning programmes across mental health, sleep and a range of wellbeing topics are also available. In addition, online cognitive behavioural therapy is provided. As part of the services provided by Spectrum. Life a Mental Health Promotion Manager is available to develop and deliver evidence based mental health and wellbeing initiatives to reduce stigma and improve mental health literacy and to increase engagement with the service. A series of weekly webinars and live talks to promote staff wellbeing in schools is current available on the wellbeing portal. 

Laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads

In order to upskill pupils in the online platforms, one class will use a set of devices and they will be cleaned down after use. Special wipes for IT Equipment have been purchased to clean down devices.

Zoom Calls

Zoom calls may need to take place between teachers and pupils to facilitate distance learning for high-risk pupils. A number of security settings are in place to protect teacher and pupil safety. In one to one or small group calls, a parent/guardian must be present in the room with the pupils.

Sensory Room

Each teacher/SNA should spray Brill Blue on the equipment before use. All equipment should also be sprayed with Brill Blue after use by the adult attending with the child.

Deliveries

All deliveries must be left at main reception (Gate B) or at the back of the school (Gate E). Deliveries must be planned with the caretaker. Delivery personnel may not enter the building.

Training

All staff must complete the DES online training before returning to work and fill out a form to confirm this. Parents will be asked to educate their child, in an age-appropriate way, as to the contents of this document. Online training will also be published by the DES and we will ask parents to complete it with the children before we reopen. Teachers will repeat the elements of this document that apply to children on the first day of school and revise it regularly.

First Aid

This will be administered as normal. A fresh pair of gloves must be put on first and a face covering must be worn.

In an emergency or in case of a serious incident, call for an ambulance or the fire brigade on 112/999 Contact the Principal or the nearest first aider giving details of location and type of medical incident.

Curriculum

Staff will follow curriculum guidance which is available on www.education.ie

Blended Learning

If a child has a medical condition and has been advised not to return to school, the support teacher assigned to that class for Literacy and Numeracy will be asked to work with the class teacher in providing learning activities for home.

Isolating Pupils (close contacts of a confirmed case)

If a child has been advised to stay at home as they are isolating yet would be otherwise well enough to attend school, please contact the class teacher.

Further Closures

If the school should close again, Junior Infants to Third class will use Seesaw. Fourth to Sixth class will use Google Classroom. Zoom will be used for video calls.

Bins

Foot pedal waste bins have been purchased. The usual recycling bins will be used. Food waste should be brought home in pupil’s lunch boxes as usual.

Art

Where practical, each child shall use an individual set of art supplies.

Toys

Hand hygiene should be practised before and after use and toys disinfected before being used by another pod.

Board games should be left with a pod for a week before being passed to another pod.

Music

Musical instruments may be used with the exception of wind/woodwind instruments. Hand hygiene should be practised before and after use and instruments should be sanitised before being used by another person. This will be reviewed.

For the purposes of engaging fully with the infant curriculum, infant classes may sing indoors. As per DES guidelines:

  •       Singing should be minimised due to the additional risk of infection
  •       Classrooms should be well-ventilated with space between the performers
  •       Such activity should be for a maximum of 10 minutes with the space being aired appropriately afterwards
  •       Students should not face each other when singing

All other classes should only sing outdoors, whilst observing social distancing and not facing each other. This will be reviewed.

Drinking Water

Access to drinking water has been reinstated. Hand hygiene should be performed before and after ensuring that the mouthpiece of the bottle/cup does not touch off the tap.

Money

Money will be collected via e payments as usual. A reduction in the pupil contribution was applied at the beginning of the school year 2020-2021

Fundraising

Fundraising activities are postponed until further notice. The Monster Raffle was postponed due to the school closure. We will inform you of how this will be worked out in due course.

Inter class communications

Teachers will use the Aladdin noticeboard/email account for messages.

PA System

Only the Principal should use the intercom. It should be cleaned before being used by anyone else.

School Rental

The school will be unavailable for rental.

Implementation and Review

The whole school community is responsible for playing their part in implementing this plan. The Board of Management will meet again  to review this plan on receipt of further guidance from the Department of Education and Skills.

This policy was ratified by the Board of Management on 24th August 2020 and reviewed on 30th September 2020 and reviewed again on February 25th 2021

 Signed: Maureen Hobbins                            Date: 22/02/21

Signed: Ray D’Arcy                                       Date: 22/02/21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 1 Return to Work Form

This form must be completed by staff in advance of returning to work.

If the answer is Yes to any of the below questions, you are advised to seek medical advice before returning to work.

Name: ________________________

Name of School: ________________________

Name of Principal: ________________________ Date: ________________

Questions YES NO

1. Do you have symptoms of cough, fever, high temperature, difficulty breathing, loss or change in your sense of smell or taste now or in the past 14 days?

2. Have you been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days?

3 Are you awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test?

4 In the past 14 days, have you been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19?

5 Have you been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?

6Have you been advised to restrict your movements at this time?

7 Have you been advised to cocoon at this time? Note: if you are at very high risk (extremely vulnerable) from COVID-19 you may be advised to cocoon.

 I confirm, to the best of my knowledge that I have no symptoms of COVID-19, am not self-isolating or awaiting results of a COVID-19 test and have not been advised to restrict my movements.

Please note: The school is collecting this sensitive personal data for the purposes of maintaining safety within the workplace in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legal basis for collecting this data is based on vital public health interests and maintaining occupational health and this data will be held securely in line with our retention policy.

Signed: ______________________________________ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendix 2: Contact Tracing Log, Scoil Íde, Corbally, Limerick

Name of visitor

 

Date of visit

 

Time of entry:                          

Time of exit:

Visitor status:             

 

Contactor

Parent/Guardian

Other

Company name (if applicable):

 

Contact details of visitor

Address:

Email:

Phone:

Reason for visit

 

Was the visit pre-arranged with the Principal?

 

Name of person visited

Length of time spent with each person